MarkT wrote:The one 'seven' starts with the "prevailing" (gabar) of a covenant.
Well Teleiosis, let me first start by thanking you for finally putting the applicable Scripture in your comments. It helps with the debate - especially for those who aren't as well versed as you are. But in your aforementioned comment, there is no evidence whatsoever, that "The one 'seven' starts with the prevailing of a covenant". This is an assumption on your part. We have in Daniel 9:27 the mentioning of the coming Antichrist "confirming" a covenant with many - and not necessarily by force, and not by peace, as so many tend to believe. This only mentions the strengthening (confirming) of a previous covenant that is already in existence, and it gives us no concrete evidence that this actually "starts" or begins the final 7 year period. It merely states that it will occur, and that for a period of 7 years.
The abomination of desolation (siqqus mesomen) mentioned in the Olivet Discourse is the midpoint of the one 'seven' according to Gabriel in Daniel 9:27.
For you to state that the "one 'seven' starts" at the point of the "prevailing of a covenant" - then you would have to also consider Daniel 12:11, which mentions your aforementioned comment concerning the A0D occurring at it's "midpoint" - and why 1,290 days are mentioned vs 1,260 days. The 1,260 days would be the actual "midpoint" of the 'one seven' that you have mentioned. So I see a a discrepancy of 30 days. Can you explain this apparent discrepancy, that you have failed to mention in your analogy?
You also make this comment:
we have the Temple being the fixture of the first half of the one 'seven.'
In addition: Daniel 12:12 also has an additional 45 day period, that extends the 1,290 to a recorded 1,335 days. That brings this 'one seven' period beyond it's limits, as you have commented that the 'one seven' has a "first half". If is has a "first half" then it must also have an additional "half". I find no evidence that Scripture has divided any portion of this apparent remaining week - into halves.
You further state this concerning the Temple:
so the Man of Lawlessness, the anti-Christ can come in and being bestowed as the conqueror he is over Israel is presented with his "prize" - a talking image of himself as Paul tells us in 2Th 2. This then begins the Great Tribulation
Here it is quite apparent that you are "assuming" that the A0D will be the Man of Lawlessness coming into the Temple, "being bestowed as the conqueror over Israel" - and that he is further "presented with his prize - a talking image of himself". There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Scripture states that this event - which by the way is a poor interpretation of Scripture in my opinion, of what the A0D actually is.
When Jesus explains the events surrounding the AOD in Matthew 24:15 - He makes the statement "standing in the holy place" He refers to the prophet Daniel, as the one who spoke about this event - and requires that the "reader understand". These events are further confirmed by Luke 21:20-21 - who never mentions a "talking image".
Placing fictional fairy tale like events to Scripture would likely make a mediocre make-believe novel - but the book won't ever make the best sellers list in real world.